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Nebraska Career Education Conference
"Skills for Lifelong Learning, Earning, and Living"

NCE Conference

Mark your calendar for the 2015 NCE Conference! June 2-4, 2015

2014 NCE Conference Guidebook Download How-To Flyer

2014 NCE Conference Featured Speakers & Sessions Flyer



June 2-5, 2014

Younes Conference Center, Kearney, NE

pdf2014 NCE Conference At-A-Glance




Habitudes for Career Ready Students: Teacher Training

Monday, June 2 and Tuesday, June 3

Come experience the newest resource in the Career Readiness Toolkit! Nebraska Career Education, in cooperation with Dr. Tim Elmore, has developed Habitudes for Career Ready Students. This training will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to implement the Habitudes for Career Ready Students in your classroom. Training participants will receive a classroom set of Habitudes for Career Ready Students books and teacher materials.


Teach Like a Pirate!

Tuesday, June 3 and Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Dave Burgess

We are pleased to announce that Dave Burgess, author of "Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator", will be presenting an all day workshop on Tuesday, June 3 and a series of forty-five minute workshops on Wednesday, June 4. Teach Like a Pirate workshops are high-energy, interactive, and entertaining experiences that will leave you unbelievably inspired, motivated, and with practical skills to dramatically increase student engagement. Mr. Burgess' presentations are a unique blend of outrageously energetic performance art and magic, mixed with an inspirational message of how and why to become more passionate in the classroom. You will learn cutting-edge strategies for skyrocketing creativity that draw students into your content like a magnet. 

Learn more about Dave at


Resiliency and Grit: Essential for Student Success

Wednesday, June 4 and Thursday, June 5

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Nan Henderson

Nan Henderson is an internationally recognized author and consultant who will be presenting several sessions on fostering resiliency and grit in students to increase academic success and career readiness. The sessions will cover how resiliency is successfully built in every student, including strategies that can be implemented every day by educators and counselors.

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2014 Keynote Speakers!


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Kim Bearden

Kim Bearden is an award-winning educator of over twenty years. Her unique combination of innovation, discipline and creativity transform average classrooms to remarkable learning centers! She often teaches concepts through songs, kinesthetic games, and unique teaching strategies that motivate even the most restless learners. Her students consistently score among the highest in the state on standardized tests.

Kim Bearden delivers inspiring keynote messages to thousands of educators each year. As the co-founder, executive director and language arts teacher of the Ron Clark Academy, she is daily active in all aspects of the educational process. With a teaching career spanning almost thirty years, she has been a teacher, instructional lead teacher, curriculum director, school board member, staff development trainer and middle school principal.

Learn more about Kim and the Ron Clark Academy at


Thursday, June 5, 2014


Kevin Wanzer

Since 1983, Kevin Wanzer has been noted as being able to ‘reach the unreachable’. His program energizes and celebrates the best in everyone. Promoting responsibility and community, his “aloha” message provides leaders with the skills and tools needed to effect change and create a climate of possibility where everyone counts and no one gets left behind or forgotten. Described as “organized chaos”, Kevin’s program spotlights The Search Institute’s “40 Developmental Assets”. These essential tools, for any adult who plays a role in empowering the lives of young people, are guaranteed to last long after the laughter.

A former staff member for the David Letterman Show in New York City and an honors graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis, Kevin has spent his life inspiring young people to live life to its fullest, to look within and be a role model to themselves and to embrace and live the aloha spirit - focusing on attitude, loving yourself and others, overcoming obstacles and having a sense of humor.

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The NCE Conference is sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Education, Nebraska Career Education and in cooperation with the Association for Career and Technical Education of Nebraska